Finding a cabinet painter or refinisher can be difficult. Even in this technological age, good craftsmen are hard to find. It requires personal experience in the field of home renovation to recognize who stands by their word and who is a scam. Many customers have difficulty with hiring painters, when there is little way to vette professionals. It can be hard to tell by an online presence if they are an established company or not. We have come behind cheaper bids to fix their work more times than we can count. If you are looking for a contractor and one bid is 10-20% less than all the other bids. Beware. This is a good indication that there is a reason they are so much less. The work will reflect it.
On the other hand if a bid is 10-20% higher than the rest, it is okay to ask why. There is always a reason for why your bid is where it is. I have found people generally don’t mind paying for higher quality. Ask about the process, the staff, the experience, the warranty, license and insurance. Most companies have set their margins to reflect their costs. Higher quality products and knowledgeable staffing requires higher costs. In my opinion it’s worth it to make it last.
Do painted cabinets look cheap?
There is nothing more heartbreaking than to arrive on a jobsite and see that a customer has attempted to paint their own cabinets. Paint is uneven, and is fragile to chipping and peeling, especially in a high traffic environment like a kitchen. Painting does not adhere to the original finish like a finishing product does. It looks caked on and does not look original to the cabinetry. Painting cabinets is a very outdated service with today’s revolutionary refinishing methods. The big risk with painting cabinets is that the homeowner needs to change the color after painting. For instance in the event of needing to sell the home, they would either have to spend unnecessary money on new cabinets or, sand off the paint and start from scratch. This sanding process is a waste of time and money, and does not guarantee good results because it is based on the level of practice of the hired worker.
Refinishing is not just a great investment because it looks stylish and sleek, it’s a fantastic service because it offers the flexibility for the homeowner to change their color in the future, all the while continuing to preserve their excellent cabinetry.
What happens if you don’t sand before painting?
If you don’t sand before painting you will be sure to find chipping and peeling after the job is done. Preparation of the surface is critical for a smooth operation, which is why we at Resurrect Wood Refinishing dedicate the entire first day of the project to masking and preparing. In the past, painters sanded cabinets because their paint did not adhere to the original finish on the cabinets. They needed to give the original finish a “tooth” or grit to it for proper adhesion. Our product bonds chemically, so no sanding is required. Instead, we focus on cleaning the surface of grease, oil, and other impurities. This saves you time and money and a big mess, for an unnecessary extra step.